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Some People Think Link Might Be A Girl In The New Zelda

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While some people freak out about how cool the new open-world Zelda looks, there's a segment of the fanbase that is currently debating one thing: could it be possible that Link is a girl?

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You don't have to go far to see these discussions. Immediately after we posted about the new Zelda, there were huge threads about Link's gender:

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If you go on Twitter and search "Link girl," there are a ton of tweets discussing the possibility—here's but a small selection:

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People on forums are talking about it. There are articles about it, some of which analyze Link's figure and facial features and use it as "evidence" of Link's gender change. Some people swear they see breasts. Fan-art of the new Zelda contemplates the idea. Heck, some people are even doing FRAME BY FRAME ANALYSIS of the reveal trailer, in an attempt to look for clues:

Truthfully, even though this video by Irockman1 seems like a joke that pokes fun at people who are acting like Zelda truthers, it really does seem like the sort of thing an obsessive video game fan would do. People are actually doing this weird thing where they're trying to find "tells" of Link's gender—even though previous Links have always been a tad androgynous:

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Of course, it doesn't help that there's a quote floating around by Eiji Aonuma about the character shown in the reveal trailer. "No one explicitly said that that was Link," Aonuma vaguely teased in an interview with Venture Beat. It's given rise to another theory: perhaps the person we see in the trailer isn't Link, but rather Zelda. Who knows!

Right now, the way people are picking apart features makes me feel weird and slightly uncomfortable. It shows that people have a hard time dealing with male characters with feminine traits, and it's really telling of how strictly we classify things in accordance to gender norms. That's a shame. Who says ponytails and earrings are a thing only girls can wear? It's especially baffling when previous male links have things like earrings before.

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But on some level I think the discussions are happening because people would genuinely love to play as a female character. There's a definite tinge of "wouldn't this be cool for Nintendo to do?" that trails most of the discussions I've seen, and it's often followed by a slightly defeatist "naw, Nintendo wouldn't actually do that...right?"

If Link turns out to be a girl, that would be rad and novel. And if not, hey. That's fine too, because I'm totally into the new Link. He's kiiiind of hot.

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1. The character shown in the trailer is not wearing Link's traditional green outfit

2. Aonuma said in a recent interview "No one explicitly said that that was Link."

3. The character in the trailer has longer hair and a ponytail, uncharacteristic of

Link in previous games

4.Upon further inspection, the character in the trailer is not carrying a sword. A bow and shield can be seen on the horse in the trailer, but no sword.

5. The character in the trailer seems to be using what could be interpreted as a light arrow at the end of the video, which is Zelda's trademark weapon.

6. The character in the trailer holds the bow in a right handed fashion, Link is traditionally left handed. (twilight princess and skyward sword made Link right handed to accommodate motion controls.)

7. The horse in the trailer does not look like Link's horse, Epona. The horse in the trailer appears to be dark brown with a black mane, in Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, the opening cinematic of the GameBoy Oracle games, and Twilight Princess, Epona is portrayed as being a reddish color with a white mane.

8. The hood being worn by the character in the beginning of the trailer strongly resembled the one worn by Zelda in Twilight Princess.

9. The character in the trailer is wearing blue, Sheik from OoT also wore blue, who turned out to be Zelda in disguise.

10. The face and figure of the character in the trailer appeared very feminine looking.

11. Aonuma spent the beginning of the trailer talking about changing the conventions of the Zelda series.

Could be Link's daughter or an unknown sister of Zelda